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Austin Eubanks Biography
Austin Eubanks was a 37 years old American public speaker and survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting . He is an expert on drug-addiction and recovery.
Austin Eubanks Age
He was born on 8th October 1981. He was 37 years old at the time of his death on 19th May, 2019.
Austin Eubanks Columbine High School Shooting
He was a survivor in the Columbine High School shooting took place on 20 April, 1999 when two students killed 12 fellow pupils and a teacher. They then killed themselves.
Eubanks was just 17 when he found himself hiding underneath a table with his best friend, Corey DePooter, in their school library after two shooters opened fire in Columbine High School.
The two shooters made their way into the library where they fired under each table. Eubanks, who was also shot with bullets finding his hand and knee, watched his best friend die.
Austin Eubanks Addiction
During the time of treating his injuries, Eubanks was heavily medicated, that he quickly developed an addiction to the pain medication after being drawn to the way it numbed his emotions following the traumatic experience.
Unfortunately, he developed an opioid addiction, and later became a public speaker dedicated to addressing the topic of substance abuse and addiction recovery. Before finding long-term recovery, he continued to struggle with his addiction throughout his 20’s, with multiple attempts for treatment .
He recently spoke at the 2019 Connecticut Opioid and Prescription Drug Prevention Conference on May 2, 2019.
Austin Eubanks Career
According to his website, he previously served as the Chief Operations Officer for Foundry Treatment Center, directing a multi-phase, nationally accredited treatment program overseeing a team of more than four-dozen care professionals.
He also served as the Director of Operations for NorthStar Transitions, a young-adult, transitional treatment program in Boulder, Colorado, working with college age men and women transitioning from residential treatment to independent living, and the Executive Director of Quiet River Transitional Recovery Community, a luxury transitional treatment program in Denver, Colorado focusing on lifestyle reintegration for professionals in recovery.
Austin Eubanks Death – Austin Eubanks Suicide
His body was found at his residence in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, on May 19, 2019. Eubanks was according to Routt County, Colorado, Coroner Robert Ryg, found during a welfare check when he didn’t answer his phone.
Austin Eubanks Cause of Death
An autopsy report from the Routt County Coroner’s Office reveals that the Columbine survivor and addiction recovery advocate Austin Eubanks died of a heroin overdose. This is according to https://www.denverpost.com/2019/06/13
Austin Eubanks Family
Members of his family said in a statement to KMGH, Eubanks “lost the battle with the very disease he fought so hard to help others face. Helping to build a community of support is what meant the most to Austin, and we plan to continue his work.”
They further said, “As you can imagine, we are beyond shocked and saddened and request that our privacy is respected at this time. Based on information received from the Routt County coroner, the cause of death is unknown at this time, pending autopsy results. We thank the recovery community for its support.”